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african-american citizens get -- >> i think we have to see a more forest whitaker movies. >> thanks for watching "newsroom." "newsroom international" is next. >> welcome, to "newsroom international. account account i'm suzanne malveaux. today i'm joined by michael holmes. >> nice to be here. >> you're an aussie, a surferdo dude as well. >> good day. >> maybe we'll start the show every day that way. >> that would be fine. we'll get started. beginning in south africa, police investigating the death of oscar pistorius' girlfriend tell us she was shot four times through a bathroom door. local media report that police are examining a blood-stained
cricket bat found at the home. hugo chavez finally back home in caracus. the socialist leader flying back home in the middle of the night, guess what, announces his arrival by twitter. he feeted this, we come back to the country of venezuela. thank god. thank you, dear people. here, we continue the treatment. chavez had been recovering from cancer surgery in cuba. and venezuelan officials released this picture of chavez with his daughters last week. critics have accused him of putting his country in limbo with no leader for two months now. and the country music community is grieving today, police say singer mindy mccready committed suicide at her home in arkansas. she was must 37 years old.
mccready rose to fame back in the '90s. mccready had been in a custody battle over her 6-year-old boy. and just last month, the father of her infant son was also found dead of a suicide. the largest meteor to streak across the sky has left hundreds in the hospital. you'll remember friday morning. the coverage of this. it sent out that deafening sonic boom before exploding and sending debris around a lake and a town. it weighed about 10,000 tons before it broke up in the atmosphere. phil black talked to the parents of children injured by flying glass in the town of chelia bivg. >> reporter: like friday morning, they like everyone in the region were shocked by what
they saw. an intense light, followed by a trail of smoke across the sky. kindergarten worker olga mathous said they ran to the window. but she was facing the windows when the meteor's shock waves hit. as the windows blew in, flying glass cut olga's face and hands. she said she didn't notice because she was worried about the children. most were safe but terrified. but one was bleeding heavily. 3-year-old sasha suffered deep cuts to her head and face. her mother marina ran to the kindergarten after she heard the blast. i was shaking. i grabbed her and started to calm her down. a lot of kids were crying, too. she was also in the room that morning, she wasn't hurt physically by the blast, but her
mother says she's traumatized. she's been too afraid to stand next to windows. and she keeps asking if the glass is going to break again. katerina understands the blast. it rekindled her memories of the second world war. most of the building can be easily repaired but the meteor's impact will take more to heal. >> and phil is there, they're finding pieces of it now. but there's one big chunk that's been hard to get to? >> reporter: yeah, michael when the meteor first hit here, they sealed off this area. scientifics ran tests, they've now confirmed in that process,
they found 50 fragments that are similar to the meteorites found all around the world. the scientists who identified this, strongly believe because of what they saw in the sky that day, the whole hole right here, believe strongly there are bigger fragments on the bottom of the lakes. divers have gone in to see if they can find them. but the condition, too dark, too murky, they're going to try again when the summer thaw is there. >> and it looks like you're freezing out there. i imagine the cold is going to figure out where this glass is. what they're able to piece together, all the windows broken from that boom? >> reporter: yeah it is bitterly cold in this part of world. so the first priority, after the meteor flew over, that boom
struck, knocked out hundreds -- thousands of windows through this window. so when you walk around here, drive around here, you see many, many windows what were windows now covered with glass -- sorry, with fabric, plastic, timber, whatever people could use. and installing them properly with glass. and a few hundred homes a day so it's happening rather quickly and within a few weeks, that work should be done. suzanne. >> phil, try to stay warm there. i know it's really, really cold. now to south africa where guards are using rubber bullets to break up a confrontation between rival union groups. this is at a platinum mine. no authorities say nine employees were shot. this incident happened at the same mine where the violent protest happened last fall. and still in south africa, johannesburg, local media now
reporting that police are sknling a blood-stained cricket bat found at the home of oscar pistorius. he is facing murder charges in the death of his girlfriend reeva steenkamp. a bizarre twist here of a new reality show featuring her over the weekend. >> reporter: just days after being shot and kill ted hoed at home of her boyfriend olympian oscar pistorius, reeva steenkamp appeared on television, is this how it began on television. but her television program aired, her boyfriend, oscar pistorius spent the weekend in this jail. prosecutors plan to charge pistorius with her murder. first, her uncle blanked by his sister who struggles to keep
herself together as they make a brief statement to the media. >> as you can imagine, our entire family is devastated. we're in a state of total shock. oscar was happy in his private life. >> reporter: investigators who have been combing through his 0 house in this high-security complex are starting to piece together what they think happened early on valentine's day. cnn has been told and local media is reporting that police believe pistorius shot steenkamp four times through a closed bathroom door, and then carried her downstairs where she died. neighbors have told police that they heard shouting before the shooting but there's still no solid explanation as to why he might have shot her. pistorius is in court tuesday again for this bail hearing. while pistorius is in court, reeva steenkamp's family will be at a memorial service for her
tuesday. the reality show airs another nine weeks. producers released this final message meant to be to the cast which now becomes her last words, her last good-bye. >> i take with me so many amazing memories. things that are in here, are in here. i'm going to miss you all so much. i love you very, very much. >> wow. robyn joins us from johannesburg. i've got to ask you, that must be pretty painful for the family and the friends of those who knew her to watch that video, is that going to be played weeks on end? >> absolutely, tell me about it. i mean, for the next nine weeks she's going to be on south african television over weekend. now, the producers of that show said, hey, this is the perfect way to respect her, to show what kind of a beautiful south american was. on the other hand, others say this is in very poor taste.
>> and, robyn, you also have a very unique perspective because you had a chance to interview oscar pistorius a couple years ago. and you've learned about things in his life, a time when he was really struggling. what was he dealing with? >> i got to know oscar quite well over the years. interviewed him a number of times. he was a very complicated human being, as he would be. just remember, he had no legs and he really pushed himself to compete and be part of an able-bodied world. so to this parents he was very much treated as a normal kid. one story that he told me which i think is quite telling, particularly now what happened, when people are talking about him having a gun next to his bed. him being worried about intruders and being slightly paranoid, perhaps. oscar told me once, when he was at boarding school, the children, the kids, would often play jokes on him. they would set off the fire alarm in the dormitory where all the boys slept. and then they would steal his
prosthetics which he had to take off to sleep at night. when they would set it off with the fire alarm going off, oscar would not be able to find his prosthetics and have to crawl through. that gives you a sense of the vulnerability he felt. even though he fought, but the fact is he was vulnerable and that made him disabled. with the defense, i'm sure no doubt, they'll be playing with those kind of stories. >> thank you very much. the man credited with making basketball entertaining for the masses has passed away. l.a. lakers owner jerry buss was 80 years old. the lakers won nba titles ten times under his tenure. and he showcased some of the biggest names basketball has ever seen. magic johnson, kareem abdul-jabbar. kobe bryant and others.
joining us from los angeles, paul buchanan, how much of a surprise is this? >> it's not a tremendous surprise because jerry buss had failin ing health. it was confirmed that jerry buss passed away at 5:55 a.m. you mentioned the ten championships, by far and away the most championships in his era ofmy major professional sport in america. he's also the man, the architect of show time. he wants the lakers to be flashy, he wanted them to be tinseltown. he wanted them to be hollywood. when he came in, they drafted magic johnson. soon thereafter, magic johnson would lead the lakers for five nba championships. and all the glitz and glamour and all the celebrities on the
sidelines, you could see the smiling picture of jerry buss over there. he was a little bit of a playboy as well, he daylighted a lot of beautiful men. his daughter jeannie and son jim are now running the team. buss is asked the mastermind of this. many credit him for jump-starting the nba. they had some teams that were bankrupt. after that, jerry buss stepped in and infused the league with the hoopla and all the great players. the nba seemed to take off, michael. >> thank you very much. forbes saying the l.a. lakers worth $1 billion, second on to the knicks. here's what we're working on, we're talking donkey meat, michael -- yeah. >> yeah. >> is that tasty or not tasty? i'm not sure? >> tastes like children. we were talking horse meat now donkey meat. that's what's turning up reportedly in some frozen food. the beef scandal gets uglier.
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kind of bizarre here. letters written by the man who killed john lennon are now on sale. michael, it's a little weird, because we read about this. >> yeah. >> this is to the new york cops that arrested him. they spent a couple hours together, he said he wrote to him because he felt close to him. he said you're one of the best damn cops there. i felt really, really close to you. he starts to write him. he strikes up a friendship. >> you get insight into the mind of the guy. i don't know, something tacky about everything seems to come up for sale these days. >> yeah, they're selling the letter. they say part of it goes to charity. still, it feels weird. >> it does, apparently, you can buy them for $70,000. in the first one, asks the officer to help him find his
copy of the book "catcher in the rye" which he was carrying and then cappen telling the officer to read the work. those ran from may 1983, each one is typed and does include the signature. a little bizarre. >> would you buy it? -- i wouldn't be buying letters of a letter. in florida, danica patrick has become the first woman to win the pole position in the daytona 500. so what does it mean? it means she's go to come in the best position on next weekend's race on the inside of the front row. the daytona 500, of course, is the super bowl of nascar racing kicks off the season. patrick's pole winning time was more than 196 miles per hour. that is pretty fast. she said, she hopes her performance is going to inspire other women. >> one of the coolest things is to be able to think that parents and their kids are having that conversation at home about it. you know, i've heard stories
about a kid, boy or girl, saying, but, mommy, daddy, that's a girl out there racing. then they can have that conversation and say you can do anything you want to do. and gender doesn't matter. your passion is what matters. and that's cool. >> i don't know if it's true, i read that jeff gordon who is number 2 on the pole, said, at least i can say i was the fastest guy. >> he still gets to be the fastest guy. >> it's great for nascar. i still can't get used to that sport, i'm afraid. >> but i love it. i love the fact that you've got a woman who's in the hot seat. she's fast. she's showing how it's done. >> just a fast turning left -- i'm just saying. >> do you know what we're talking about here, scandal out of europe? >> oh yes. >> have you ever had horse meat, honestly? >> i have not had horse meat, strange foods but not horse meat. but in europe, you can order it at a restaurant.
>> i guess it's kind of common. the idea is, it was sold as beef in restaurants and supermarket chains. you know, it's false advertising. you think you're getting beef. you're getting horse meat, however you feel about it, that's what's happening. >> here's the thing on this, before the break. there are now reports that the pros on the meat producer have found that donkey meat may also have made its way into the food there. also labeled as beef. nic robertson is in london. now, nic, the agency is doing the probe, what more are we hearing about their findings? and the pressure that's being put on those supermarkets and others? >> reporter: well, what we're being told at the moment by the food standard agency here is that they haven't so far found donkey, although serious concerns have been raised by the border agency here who say they picked up donkey and horse meat by the tons being smuggled in the country in the past. so that concern is still out
there. we know that as of friday last week, a quarter of all tests were done. and of those tests about 1% of all the products tested, 29 out of 2,501 came back positive for horse dna. the government said it was front-loaded, if you will, the worst of the items tested first. we just heard from the secretary of the environment saying he hopes all the testing will be done by the end of the week. the results will be done by the end of next week. it may drag into next week, michael. >> so, nic, are people still buying what they think is beef? is it dangerous if it's horse meat? >> you know, i think that the danger issue has been somewhat laid to rest. the danger was it was horse meat contaminated with a drug that prevents or sort of cures animals of pain. but in humans, it's very, very dangerous. the levels you would have to eat
we were told by the government scientists would be so high, impractical, unlikely. but consumer confidence has been marked. two-thirds of people here say there's no longer sure about what's on the box as they were before. and a quarter of people say that they're going to cut down buying processed meat. and another one-fifth of people said they'd like to cut down on buying processed meat, they just can't afford to do it. so there's concern. the consumers are changing their habit based on this. >> and, nic, is there anybody who is the fallout here -- is there something that they can actually sue? i mean, is there a law against selling horse and donkey meat? >> there are totally laws here. three people were arrested in the uk last week. the police have been going in with the food standard agency to a number of different agencies in the uk. i think we can expect to see prosecutions coming up in a number of different countries across europe. but the problem is here, is this so complex a web that it takes so long to sort of check through
all the stats and find out precisely who is to blame. and then producing the right dna, et cetera, evidence. but it's going to be a very, very slow process. it could be months, even longer before the -- before the governments in europe really get to the bottom of this, suzanne. >> nic, good to see you. nic robertson there in london. i was talking to nic the other day, he was saying one of the things extraordinary about this, people are surprised at the length of the food chain. the stuff starts in romania, france, amsterdam before it ends up on your dinner plate. >> another argument for being vegetarian or salad or veggie. >> go to the butcher. this is a bizarre story that's been in the australianed me for some time. a man they found hanged in an israeli prison cell, was it suicide? some are questioning that. a real life spy story in the
has all the elements we're talking about, a mysterious death, a plan to kill terrorists. lots of mystery behind this. but, of course, this is a real life story, very touchy, involves an aussie. >> yeah it does. this is australian with dual citizenship to israel. it's all over the australian press. the israelis are trying to keep it but it's difficult because of gag orders. let's see to sarah sidle, she's about to show us about the man with the intenty of prisoner x. >> reporter: behind me is one of israel's highest security prison. it's surrounded by controversy because of a person who allegedly died here in 2010. now, a local israeli media has been unable to tell the story for the past two years because israel activated its censorson
laws. a recent investigation by the australian broadcasting corpse revealed the name of the prisoner, and the report said that the prisoner was a member of the international spy agency mossad. the agency said x was actually ben zygier, we have not been able to independently confirm the information. however we able to talk to an australian investigative reporter who had been in contact with zygier over the years. turns out, he was tipped off that told him that zygier was in a passport scam. >> i was tipped off in 2009 by an australian source, he passed on australian citizens, also israeli citizens, and he
suggested to me that they had been involved in a passport scam. a means to change their dent 2is in australia and use the new travel documents that they obtained to go and travel to countries that were sensitive for israel. >> reporter: zygier allegedly killed himself inside the cell by hanging himself. but questions have surfaced as to how he managed to do that inside a highly monitored and secured cell. a human rights attorney who we spoke with said that he actually had a conversation with zygier a couple days before he died. he told that you say the cell was supposedly suicide-proof. and that zygier had not been convicted. only suspected of a crime at the time. now, here's where the story takes another turn. a kuwaiti newspaper has reported that zygier was involved in the assassination in a dubai hotel of a leader of the hamas military wing.
but australian journalist david s salsocis said that there is no evidence that zygier was involved. because they took video in an elevator while dressed in tennis outfits. they are looking into the case as far as his time in prison and how he died. now, when it comes to what they knew, australian officials of the foreign ministry said that australia did know that its citizen was inside the prison and died there. and the body was sent to the family. the family, according to officials, never asked for an investigation. as awe might imagine, this story is sparking a lot of debate here in ilsrael. finally, the courts allow the local media and you can tell with newspapers and zygier's face posted all over them.
it sparks a debate about censorship and the case. >> we do have an update on that, we finally heard from israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. >> and they end up by quoting by quoting foreign media as sarah was saying was hugely controversyial but saying it's a different case. >> translator: we are not like other countries, we're a democracy and we guard the rights of citizens no less than any other country. but we are also more threatened, more challenged, and therefore, we have to ensure the proper
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welcome back to "newsroom international." we take you around the world in 60 minutes. here's some of the top stories we're working on now. >> yeah, we're talking about the death of oscar pistorius' girlfriend. police are saying she was shot four times through a bathroom door. and local media now reporting police are examining a blood-stained cricket bat which was found at the olympic star's home. he of course is facing a murder
charge. and he's going to be in a bail hearing tomorrow. coming off his state of the union speech and the water moment, marco rubio is meeting with israel's prime ministers and jordan's king. rubio is seen as a possible presidential candidate in 2016. and turning to syria now, for tens of thousands of syrians, every single day is a struggle to survive. fighting is what so many people, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands to leave their homes. >> in the north, they're making the long trek across the border into iraq. as arwa damon shows us, some families will stay, while others will bring back supplies to those left behind. >> reporter: the steady flow of man and beast extends as far as the eye can see. trudging along this old
smuggling route between syria and north iraq. some too young to walk. or know why they've left home. hunger forced them to leave. syria's kurds have been spared the worst of syria's bloodshed but they are experiencing the same crippling shortages. a man cradling his crying baby turns and says to us "we can't live. we had to run away." his family made the trip from a kurdish neighborhood in aleppo. weaving between front lines. it took them five days, most of it on foot. the kurdish authorities in northern iraq have made this into a semifinal border crossing. run by their own fight evers, t. not the iraqi guards. it's a first step to deal with
those fleeing and for those who have stayed behind. for some, it's a business. packing mules and horses with product bought in iraqi kurdistan to sell in syria. or carrying as much as they can. agent side of the road, a half an hour, to 45-minute walk to where everyone's crossing is this small market. and it sells just about anything that they can't find or that has become too expensive. here, we've got the stacks of frozen chicken. products of usa. and inside, basic things, lentils, rice, macaroni. they're also selling a lot of candles and these lanterns here, too, because of the lack of power in syria. sayid and his friends are determined to tough it out in home in syria. but two years of upheaval has brought ramp are pant inflation
and no homes. we can't afford to buy things at the market. so once a week, they hike into kurdistan. so even things like this, in short supply, your basic plastic pitcher to pour water from, they had to come into iraqi kurdistan to buy it. in syria, it costs $2, here, it's less than a dollar. and cigarettes -- well. it's far from the typical shopping trip. they want to show us how they get here. we climb a hill for a better view. so basically, they're forced to take this long winding dirt route. they can't just go straight over because they're concerned about the facts that the lands on either side are mined. the peshmerga have given them the warning about the mines that exist. 24-year-old austina echoes
through. a song they wrote about all they have endured. we don't want death and killing, she sings. we want peace and freedom and security. peace, freedom and security. a dream far more distant than these hills. arwa damon, cnn, on the iraqi/kurdistan/syria border. >> it's amazing what they have to go through back and forth. michael, you have been up on that area? >> i have been up in that border. it's very mountainous, that as they say. and the terrain is harsh. especially now, it's cooler there in the summer. of course, smuggling there is a waif life. in peace time, let alone wartime. this is literally to stay alive. when we come back -- you
don't look like a bourbon drinker -- >> i'm not a bourbon drinker -- >> i'll lose my man card in australia saying i've gone off the beer. there's an expression. we'll talk about that later. another water another man's whiskey. that's what they say. well, the manufacturers of maker's mark bourbon have learned that the hard way. >> they're threatening watering down the product because there's so many demand. bourbon, in the whole world. >> we'll fell you why. or take aleve, which can relieve pain all day with just two pills. good eye.
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product so it's going to stretch out the supply. drinkers went outright crazy. i want my bourbon! >> how do you say that to your market? >> it ups the price, you know, the demand goes down a little bit. >> yeah, but -- who would turn around and say, we're going to water down the product. really, everybody went nuts. the reason the demand so high, bourbon is apparently becoming, i'm sure you knew this, more popular outside of the united states. why is my country highlighted. p p cat kinsman is joining us. >> what are they drinking now? in the uk? >> this was close to home. i grew up in kentucky. basically, just a few away from the distillery.
>> really? serious? >> i'm serious. my first sips were bourbon -- it wasn't on the field trips but basically -- >> you better move on right now before we -- >> we have the story. >> right. but, you know, it's part -- it's engrained in the culture there. so it's shocked everybody that they would be willing to leverage this long tradition that they had, to satisfy a new market. rather than satisfy their ongoing loyal customer base. and believe me, they heard about it on social media from other d distilleries and stuff, asking how could they? and they lament? >> suppose, on an initiative, we are being wine drinkers, what's the difference between the regular whiskey and bourbon? >> okay, whiskey is the larger group. bourbon is a subset. and they're very particular things that you had to do to be
able to be considered bourbon. the mash mix, grains, 150% corn. in oak barrels. only can have water added to it. whereas, whiskey can have all flavors added to it. >> and kat, our producers have said don't dare put a knife in bourbon -- >> i think whiskey is a deeply, deeply personal thing. some people with cola, some people with ice. >> you just don't do it to someone else without asking. >> no, i think that is a crime actually on the books in kentucky. >> all right. >> you've got to check it out, too. >> i'll stick with my wine, my chardon anyway. >> after the show, all right? >> kat, we won't ask again when you started drinking bourbon. but it's obviously good to see you. a real life love affair
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involving a mentally ill king, a doctor and a teenager. sounds like a movie, guess what, it is. >> but a real-life story in denmark. in the 1800s. becky anderson takes us to an inside look. an oscar-nominated movie. >> reporter: it's a story that's gripped denmark for generations. a love triangle involving a mentally ill danish king, his most trusted adviser, and his adulterous teen age wife. now this 18th century scandal has come to the silver screen thanks to danish writer/director nikolai alstad. it fellows much darker and much grittier than a hollywood
historicial or period piece, was that intentional? >> we really tried to stay very close to the characters and try to be intimate with them and try to understand how it would be to live in that world at that time, and experiencing all the things instead of pulling back and looking at the nice dresses. >> reporter: the film stars matt nicholson in the lead role but took a risk as casting two unknowns as the couple. tell me about the casting. the king, i believe he's still in acting school, and alicia who plays the queen was unknown when you cast her. what were you thinking? >> i was trying find an actress with that certain regal quality to her. i found alicia in sweden, actually. they had to learn danish for
this part. she had special qualities. she was a dancer before they came an actress. she was an unknown but so right for the part. same as the king. he was in drama school when we found him. he'd never done anything before. again, when you find somebody who's that right for the part, you can't let that go. >> reporter: also, mentor celebrated danish director lars was on the film. >> i wanted to have someone to have that other set of eyes on the film. i think that was so helpful, especially when they came in and gave his notes. that was really good. >> reporter: also a number of danish directors now making their mark on the global tv and film industry. danish directors have had quite considerable success in hollywood of late. what does about danish movies that are resonating, do you
think, specifically in america? >> i think the films are -- they have a slight edge that people really love. but they're also quite mainstream in the actual story telling, as well as royal affair is. i think that's probably one of the reasons. it resonates. >> reporter: becky anderson, cnn, london. >> 60 years after camelot, some of jfk's personal items have been auctioned off. including his bomber jacket. their quick trade bar lets my account follow me online so i can react in real-time. plus, my local scottrade office is there to help. because they know i don't trade like everybody. i trade like me. i'm with scottrade. (announcer) scottrade. voted "best investment services company."
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agreed. and now the nurse reassigned is suing. and hadiya pendleton was killed just days after attending the president's inauguration. her parents joining us live. this is "cnn newsroom." i'm suzanne malveaux. the man credited for making basketball for the masses he's now passed away. jerry buss was 80 years old. the lakers won ten titles under his tenure. he's showcased magic johnson, kareem abdul-jabbar and kobe bryant. he suffered from cancer. joining us is eric fisher, "sports illustrated" senior writer jim trotter joining us on the phone from san diego. first of all, jim, let's go to you, what were the circumstances around this death. was this is a surprise? >> no, it had been rumored for a
while that he was in bad health. you know, to me, jerry buss was one of the last figures -- he was one of the three greatest owners of my generation i'd say along with george steinbrenner and eddie debartolo. it was always be the end result. he would spend whatever it took win. it was about creating an atmosphere of excitement. giving fans more than just sports. he understand that he was selling entertainment, not just basketball. i think this is a great loss to the sporting community. >> derek, we have you on the phone as well the last time i saw you, me and you and kobe bryant were hanging out in washington after game. give me a sense what it's like to be around him? >> well, jerry buss was an incredible person in addition to being an incredible sports owner and businessman. i think he obviously
revolutionized basketball in the sporting world in terms of that fine line between sports and entertainment. he conquered it. he perfected it. the conversation that you could have with him, one-on-one, about politics, about this, about family, that's what impressed me, his level of accomplishment and success could have. >> derek, what did you learn from him either professionally or personally? >> well, i think the biggest lesson that you learn from someone as great as dr. buss is how important family is. and you have seen it over the years. and in his time and ownership of the lakers, you know, family members from, you know, sons, daughters, extended family. you know, making that concerted effort to keep them involved. and truly which was one of the greatest family businesses of all time.
so that was one of the biggest lessons that you learn. and then from there, like i think jim said so well, understanding the customer. understanding the fan. you know, creating a rabid lakers fan following. that would be hard to duplicate and hard to follow as he's now gone and not with us anymore. >> jim, what is this -- >> suzanne, back on that, think about this, his group purchased the team back in 1979. in '80 and '81, the nba was so down that its finals were being shown on tape delay. i mean, they weren't even live. you think about the time he bought the team, the four seats that we know back at the forum and staples center. they were $15 when he purchased the team. now in the regular season, they're $1300. i don't think it's a reach to say he helped save the nba. the nba was an a downward
spiral. when magic and byrd came in, as players they were focal points. but from a manager's point of view, you have to have a vision. i think he saw to attract tv fans and network, you have to have more than basketball. i think he created that atmosphere. >> derek, how do you feel about that, part of his legacy as well was about the game, but it's also about making it entertaining for fans, making it more for people, drawing them into the game, not just basketball enthusiasts? >> i think that's what will separate him in the history of all owners, possibly all of sports. to understand the dynamics not just sports, but the business, to understand the human minds. what fans want to experience when they spend their hard-earned money to come out to a basketball game, or to a sporting event. he was before his time, in that regard. and he essentially created a blueprint for how to be successful on the court, but also be successful off the
court. by understanding what the los angeleses can customer wanted to experience when they showed up for a game. what the television audience wanted to see when they caught the lakers on tv. there will never be another like him. >> i want you both to stay on. from the mayor's office, mayor villaraigosa issuing a statement dr. jerry buss was a cornerstone of the los angeles sports community, his name will always be synonymous with the beloved lakers. it was his stewardship that the lakers brought basketball to this great city. you can't understa state it, th power of this one individual. and the championships, yes? >> no question about it, to follow on what the mayor just articulated in this statement. for those of us that live here in los angeles, the city of los angeles county, it is hard to
explain to people that live outside of this region how passionate lakers fans are. and the connection between the lakers and the city of los angeles. there's a pride. there's a confidence that the people actually experience through the success of the lakers over the years. and so, dr. buss not only created great sports, great entertainment, but i think he also helped to vitalize and revitalize the city at times where the fans sand the people really became part of the lakers. and helped kind of drive the success that happened on the court. >> and, jim, do we have any information -- do we know where we go from here? how is the family going to be celebrating, how are they going to be mourning, and how do they include this huge community that really wants to be a part of it? >> no, i don't have that information right now. but i don't think there's any doubt that the family is going to ensure that there's a way for
the community to be involved, you know, in part of that community. as derek said, the lakers were part of your family. you lived and died with them. even though, the passion about the lakers now, obviously, the team is struggling this year but you hear fans around the country who aren't lakers fans, this is their time to pounce and they are, in part because they know the legacy that that organization has had. i can't see that the family won't involve the community in some sort of memorial service. >> jim trotter, derek fisher, thank you very much. we'll get the information on the memorial. and the celebration of the man's life who had so much impact on the sport and also the entertainment and community of los angeles. the country music world is mourning the death of one of its stars. police found the body of singer mindy mccready on her porch yesterday.
it appeared that she died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. mccready was 30 years old. and she rose to fame in the '90s with this song. ♪ girls do it all the time >> while her music made her famous in recent years, she has struggled with addiction to drugs. as well as a mental illness. >> i have made a lot of mistakes. i've done a lot of things the wrong way or the hard way. both, the hard and the wrong way. and there are going to be things for a while that are going to come back from my past to haunt me. >> so, i want to bring in michelle turner in l.a. michelle, we know that mccready, she was pretty open about her problems. >> yes. >> she didn't hide things she was on, of course, "celebrity rehab" with dr. drew. what followed that? >> well, suzanne, in the last few weeks, she had been seeking some help. she went into rehab earlier this
month, but reportedly, she checked herself out early on the condition of continuing outpatient care. yeah, she did have a long history of battling her demons. hln's dr. drew said, as far as he knew, she went to the psychiatric facility to try and get better. he spoke to cnn's don lemon last night. listen. >> she was actually doing very well. things were looking up for her. she had children with a boyfriend who ended up killing himself a few weeks ago. she was struggling after that. actually admitted herself to a psychiatric facility. there's a cautionary tale here about the stigma of mental illness and the way in which the public attacks celebrities who take care of themselves. she became so fearful of the stigma and the way people were responding to her being hospitalized, that she actually checked herself out prematurely and now we have what we have. >> now, during her time on
"celebrity rehab" we saw her have an on-camera seizure as she detoxed from drugs and alcohol. mccready is the third person to die on that season. mike star died in 2011 of a reported overdose. and jack casslet died. her kids, two boys, 6 years and 10 months old. if you're wondering where the boys. we received a statement that says, zane and zander are loved, cared for and comfortable with foster families at this time." >> tragic. here's what we're working on at this hour, this man is out of work, after slapping a toddler on a delta flight. the toddler's parents want him
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hurry. $14.95 won't last. we're going to talk about two separate rather shocking allegations involving race. a nurse in michigan is suing the hospital. she says she was reassigned after the parent of an infant patient requested that no black nurses care for his baby. that is one case. and then another case, an i idaho man is accused of slapping a 19-month-old baby and used a racial slur that happened earlier on a flight this month. a laywyer for the parents talke about how this happened. >> she was in complete disbelief. he then potentially fell over on her. kind of sloppy drunk. his head hit her cheek and his face kind of slid down towards her ear and directly into her
ear, he repeated the racial epithet, at which time, jessica basically pushed him back upright, so he wasn't, you know, leaning on her anymore. and that's the time that he lashed out and slapped jonah. >> this is pretty awful here. i want to talk about this. two people who really have been watching this very closely. boyce watkins, professor of syracuse university. michael scola, editor in chief of blackglobal.com. does this shock you the way it shocked a lot of us when we saw these two stories? >> well, it's obviously shocking. anytime, anybody slaps a baby, that's just not going to be acceptable. but what's really interesting to
me, clearly alcohol was involved. and my dad told me that a drunk will tell all secrets. not that he's a drunk, but the secret is there's a lot of racial anxiety that a lot of americans have that they're afraid to express. and in this case, it slipped out because the baby wasn't just a loud baby to him it was a loud black baby which made it worse. he's going to pay a price for that, as it should. >> michael, what do you make of this, the "n" word was used. make that very clear. do you think this comes from anger, rage, stress? or is this downright some people who are still racist back in 2013? >> suzanne, i think that this country, we are certainly going through some growing pains. i don't look at it as a stepback. i think there's growing pains in this nation, there are a lot of folks who are trying to push past race in this country.
certainly, there are some who are going to walk, there are some who are going to run and hide in the bunker. they may wake up groundhog's day next year and not see their shadow. this spring awakening, trying to push forward, trying to get to a post-racial america is coming, it's here. the fact that this man used the "n" word and slapped the child, i think that day is coming. >> do you think, professor, you have to have these public things that happen to wake people up, to deal with what people are saying. saying, look, maybe these are things out of the closet, maybe they just got to come out and deal with it? >> you know, i agree, there are going to be growing pains. as our country tries to advance, we're going to have those situations where some people aren't going to want to move as quickly as others. if you go farther south, you'll see a lot of this thing
happening, i think it's important that we don't extrapolate one incident by one irresponsible person to think that there are millions that think the same way. this is one guy who did something really stupid. the important thing to understand, when you talk about a post racial society, i don't think that's the goal. i don't want a post-racial society. black is beautiful. i'm glad to be black. i want you to be color blind when you look at me, i just want you to respect me. >> michael, what do you think about that, the notion that there's no such think as a post-racial society? that perhaps that's not the goal that we should be very much aware of our differences and celebrate our differences that we'll never get to that fact when we don't recognize race? >> i don't necessarily think it means that. not celebrating the color of the
skin. it's a place in this country where ke can celebrate adversity. we don't look at the black child and call him an "n" word. you don't look at a child in the delivery room and say you can't touch my child because you're black. we celebrate the color of the skin and not judge them because of it. >> professor, i'm going to give you the last word. one of the things i noticed in the story, the mother, she said she was visibly shaking. she was so upset with what has happened. these were white parents with a black baby, they were shocked, they were surprised. they did not know how to handle it? does that surprise you? >> it doesn't surprise me at all? you know, racism is like the boogieman that nobody talks about. it's like a figment of the
imagination. most black folks who live an authentic black experience, whatever that means, they know that racism is real. they know there are opportunities you won't get because you're black. sometimes, you get that wake-up call and it does slap you in the face. i'm glad they had this awakening, i think everybody's better educated because of it. >> i think so, too. dr. watkins, michael skolnick, thank you. olympian oscar pistorius is accused of killing his girlfriend in south africa.
police in south africa are revealing new details about their investigation into the death of oscar pistorius' girlfriend. local media reports that police now are examining a blood-stained cricket bat found at his home. he is facing murder charges in reeva steenkamp's death. we're also hearing that the police believe that pistorius shot her through a closed bathroom door and then carried her downstairs where she died. a reality show featuring the girl as scheduled over the weekend. robyn kurnow is here. robyn, first of all, i can't imagine what that is like, to see her as pat of a reality show that will continue on for weeks, knowing that she has been killed?
>> reporter: i don't know how parents or friends or people who now reeva steenkamp would deal with that. really upsetting, i think. but also according to the producers, they say, hey, this is really a fitting tribute for this young woman because she's not just seen as the victim. she has a voice. you can hear how she speaks. you get a sense of her personality. she comes across as a nice person. the kind of person that you'd want to become friends with. in a way, that's good, isn't it? but on the other hand, people say this is insensitive. it's in poor sense. particularly in a country where a woman is murdered every eight hours by her partner. >> robyn, tell us what you've learned about oscar pistorius. i understand you've had occasion to interview him, there are some things when you look back at it now that are quite revealing? >> reporter: absolutely, i mean, oscar has always fascinated me and fascinated people around the
world. what a character to have no legs and to take himself to the highest levels of athleticism. and take on able-bodied athletes. i mean, it's an extraordinary discipline to get there. and i think a lot of it comes from his childhood. and the kind of person he was. he once told me the story about how his mom used to yell to his brother, hey, charles, go put on your shoes. and used to yell to oscar, hey, oscar, go put on your legs. he was always told to be normal but he wasn't. he is severely and was severely crippled in a sense. when he was at boarding school, he told me a very telling story about how in the dormitories, the boys a dormitories, they used to bully him essentially. someone would kick off the fire alarm. the alarm would go off, of course, all the boys would have to be evacuated as the procedure. what they would have done is they would have hidden away his prosthetic legs. so oscar would either be left
alone in his bed or have to crawl out. that shows you the due duality. and the complexities. >> and robyn, he remains in jail. >> we'll get a sense tomorrow. on tuesday, he appears in a magistrate court. there's a bail, a bond hearing. and we'll get a sense of the state's case against him. will he get bail? will he be allowed out? we don't know yet. i guess that depends on the strength of the case. whhadiya pendleton was shotn a park days after taking part in the president's inauguration. well, now, she's become a symbol of the president's message about gun violence. and her parents join us next. ♪
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death of l.a. lakers owner jerry buss. buss died at cedar sinai hospital this morning. he was 84 years old. the hall of famer was suffering from cancer. the lakers won ten titles understand his ownership. magic johnson, kareem abdul-jabbar and kobe bryant. dennis rodman tweeted, my thoughts and prayers are with the buss family. dr. jerry buss was like a dad to me and is a tremendous loss to lakers family. almost 6,000 victims of superstorm sandy are still fighting insurance companies for money to rebuild. here's deborah feyerick. >> when am i going to get my money? >> reporter: begging for money is not something catherine hall thought she would have to do. >> i had to run to the bank a
few days ago to begged them to give me my loan. had he finished doing this segment of the work, we have to stop because we don't have any more money. >> reporter: nearly four months since superstorm sandy destroyed her home in new york, hall has been calling her mortgage maker almost every day. so she and her family can rebuild and go home. >> we have a 4-year-old boy, basically -- it's his college fund. the money we've put by since his birth, to be able to go to college later in life, it's gone. >> reporter: hall was originally from britain and her husband bob and 4-year-old son nathan have been living in a hotel since november. the halls are among more than 6,000 families still waiting for insurance company. new york's governor blamed unnecessary red tape and accused banks of failing to release more than $200 million worth of insurance. the problem is some lenders require proof the repair has
been made before they will reimburse for the cost of that repair. >> there's a lot of older people here, you know, just don't have any money. they've been told do 30% of the work and you'll get 30 % of the money. do 50%, you'll get 50% of the money. >> the reason they do that, they're scared you're going to get the check and leave. leave them with a property that's not sellable. you know, we've invested a lot of money in this house. you know, and it's our home. >> reporter: banks contacted by cnn, including wells fargo, jpmorg jpmorgan, citibank and bank of america tell cnn they've distributed more than 75% of the money. the halls' mortgage owner who was asked not name did not respond. >> we're living not the american
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police in the chicago area are questioning two people in the shooting death of jennay mcfarlane. the 18-year-old was killed friday night. this was hours after her younger sister sat behind president obama during his speech on gun control. she was walking the suburb when she was shot. so far, no charges have been filed. this comes as the city is trying
to heal from the tragic death of hadiya pendleton. she was the 15-year-old honor student, the drum majorette who performed in washington. hadiya was killed a week later on a playground about a mile north of president obama's home. hadiya's parents, cleo cowley pendleton and nathaniel pendleton are joining us here. first of all, our condolences to you and your family. we see your strength over the last couple of weeks. we saw ayou as guests of the president, in part of the state of the union address. and we see you with the visit with the president himself in chicago. you hear about this death of miss macfarlane, how do you make sense of this, what do you do? how did you react? >> i was deeply saddened.
we've been out and talking about the various news media about how awful this feels. definitely, my heart went out to the family. i actually gave her money a call yesterday morning. >> you can tell me about that call, what you were able to say to her, what you were able to convey at this time? >> no, it was really just extending my condolences and letting her now, you know, whatever -- however she needs to deal with for pain of losing her child, she should do it without any regard for anyone else. you know, it's all about the relationship you had with your child. and we also talked about just the life of her daughter. and just various other private things. >> how do they move forward? i meaner the two of you have been really a pillar of strength. we have seen you really throughout the week here. what do they need to do? these parents of this young girl.
>> take it day by day. there's no real way to get through this. we haven't gotten through this. we hurt every day. i mean, we miss her every day. so the best advice is to take it day by day, try to really stay busy. >> and make it real for yourself. make it real for yourself. because, like i say, all throughout the day, this is the rest of my life. when the cameras go off. and folks go home, i'm still dealing with the fact that we no longer have a daughter. now, she's passed. >> do you think that the way the two of you have dealt with it, obviously, you've gotten a lot of attention. the president has gotten involved. the first lady. but you bring up such a good point. the cameras will leave and perhaps even lawmakers won't take up that legislation to deal with gun violence. how do you move forward? how do you deal with your loss?
acknowledging, recognizing that perhaps this is just a moment. >> well, i'm committed to this at this point. this isn't just a moment. this will not be just a moment. i will not let my daughter vanish. i will stay a part of this as long as necessary until legislation is passed. me and cleopatra will stay a part of this as long as it takes until something is passed. >> did the president -- did he give you a commitment? did he say that he was not going to let this go? >> the president is committed to what occurred with hadiya and as well as all the other children, unfortunately, the list is growing. and it's to do something. but as far as specifics, at this time, i don't have any
specifics. >> you can tell me what you hope will be her legacy? tell me a little bit about your daughter and what you hope we'll know and take away from knowing you. >> well, hadiya was very heavily into academics. she's definitely into the extracurricular activities. and in honor of her life, and legacy, we will be putting together a foundation for her. you know. in the name of her legacy to assist children from various aspects of life. we're still working out the particulars on that, but she won't be forgotten. >> we thank you so much. both of you for being here. for joining us. and obviously, the strength that you have to bring this to the forefront. your participation with the president and the first lady. and, of course, reaching out to the family of that other young girl who was just murdered in your community. we really appreciate it. thank you.
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you and i were reminiscing about "sesame street." "electric company" all that good tough. >> all of that, it's puzzles me a bit because the studies look at tv as if it were all one thing. >> yeah, right. >> don't let your kids watch too much tv. and then the survey says, no, let's pay attention to the context. they took preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, half of them were allowed to do what they were doing. the other half, parents got education on what makes good television. watch this show, watch this show. and found those parents were more likely to show those programs to their kids. and when they followed those programs for a year, the kids that watched more of those shows had a higher social i.q. for want of a better phrase. they shared things more. they hit each other less. it wasn't a lot better but markedly and measurably better. >> what is the good tv and bad
tv? >> they actually gave them -- not only the names of the shows. told them when they were on. "sesame street." "dora the explorer" "clifford, the big red dog." shows like that, that teach your kids something, instead of other shows that are often violence and fast-moving. that's one of the concerns, some shows, you know, a different thing -- >> did they name the shows -- did they actually say the shows that were bad for kids? >> no, they emphasized the good ones. first of all, adult show, not good for kids at all. stay away from things that are violence and fast-paced. stick to these other shows. >> i'm sure a lot of people find it helpful. >> absolutely. good tv. >> this is good it tv. >> yes, i'm learning somebody. gas prices going up this summer, but high prices hitting us right in the middle of winter? we're going see what is behind all of this. [ loud party sounds ]
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home prices are rising across the country, so now is good time to buy? christine romans explains on today's "smart is the new rich." >> reporter: it is moving day. this two bedroom apartment in new york city got tight when their son christian came along. now the family is wrapped up and ready to leave the big city. >> lucky for us we found a really great house for a decent price. i mean, probably a little bit more than we wanted to spend, but for what i think several years ago we would have paid, we got a good deal. >> and rates made it hard not to say yes. >> reporter: with good credit and a 20% down payment, the couple locked in a 3.5% rate for a 30-year loan. mortgage rates have come down steadily in the past several years. at the same time rents in major cities have gone up. a trend that is expected to continue this year. >> there is a shift toward wanting to rent. and there is a shortage of rental properties.
that seems to be what is happening. >> reporter: home ownership was 69% at its peak in 2004. it dropped to just about 65%. but for this family, more room and low rates were too good to pass up. so across the bridge they go to this home in new jersey. >> it is what the american dream is about. this is what i looked for. look what i can show for it and it is actually mine. i don't have to leave at the end of my lease. i actually own this place. >> reporter: like generations of americans before them, they see this house as an investment. the family hopes to grow into it in more ways than one. >> you're not only owning and building a house, you're building a family. >> reporter: christine romans, cnn, new york. for other stories about housing, visit cnnmoney.com. and you might have noticed, gas higher today than yesterday. it has been the story for about a straight month or so. take a look at this. this is how gas prices looked over the past year. see the lowest point there was just before christmas. since then it has risen steadily
to today's average of $3.73 a gallon. zain arbor has been following all the prices for us, especially how did this happen overnight? that was unbelievable. >> certainly it is unbelievable. i can tell you, suzanne, people are frustrated to state least. the average price of gas now, $3.73 a gallon. in places like hawaii, most expensive place to buy gas, averages well above that $4.29 a gallon. the cheapest price to buy gas is actually wyoming, gas prices there $3.17 a gallon. the sad news is that doesn't seem to be an end in sight. got summer driving season coming up. that has pressure on demand and we will see prices rise even further. i spoke to a number of taxi drivers saying today the higher gas prices go, the lower their take home pay. some spending up to $60 a day on gas. some are considering buying an electric car or hybrid car, anything to get a break from a rising gas prices. take a listen to what some people had to say.
>> being in new york you have access to public transportation. so it is much easier than say in los angeles. but the necessity of having a car at some points is what it is. and so you are going to have to cope. >> just find the prices at gas stations are getting out of control and the government is not doing anything about it. >> right. and an interesting stat for you, suzanne. the eia saying in 2012 the average american spent $3,000 on gasoline, totalling roughly 4% of income. the highest percentage of income spent on gasoline in the last 30 years. >> do we know what is behind all of this? >> well, we're going to have it blame it on crude oil prices really. currently as high as $96 a barrel. and suzanne, as the economy shows signs of recovery, as the housing market improves, you're going to see demand for crude oil increasing, that will send prices up. also i want to talk about refineries. they play a huge part in the equation. you have refineries closing this time of year for maintenance
reasons anyway. on top of that, some refineries closing for good and that's putting a squeeze on supply and when that happens, you are most certainly going to see prices go up. >> all right. we're just going to have to grin and bear it. thank you, appreciate it. a teen, this is an amazing story, gets lost in the australian outback for three days. how his contact solution helped save his life. i have low testosterone. there, i said it. how did i know? well, i didn't really. see, i figured low testosterone would decrease my sex drive... but when i started losing energy and became moody... that's when i had an honest conversation with my doctor.
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lakers owner jerry buss was 80 years old. lakers won ten nba titles under his tenure and he showcased some of the biggest names basketball has ever seen, magic johnson, kareem abdul-jabbar and kobe bryant. he had been suffering from cancer. former lakers player shaquille o'neal tweeted just a few minutes ago. i am deeply saddened over the horse of the great dr. jerry buss. he was a dear friend, mentor and brilliant business mind. thank you for eight great years. and also, check out this amazing story of survival. this backpacker got lost in the australian outback for three days with no food and no water. samuel woodhead's mother told the daily mail he survived by drinking his contact lens solution. she says his father packed several boxes of contacts in his bag. he was found severely sunburned, taken to the hospital, but was not dehydrated. saline solution, by the way, used by hospitals to rehydrate
patients. disgraced retired general david petraeus is opening up about a new book he says helped him get through his challenges. petraeus quit as cia director when it was revealed he had an extramarital affair with a woman who chronicled his life while leading troops in iraq and afghanistan. well, now he's praising a book by a soldier named mark weber who is now dying from cancer. kyra phillips talked with petraeus about it. >> you said it was wonderful, equal parts inspirational and sobering, it was a tremendous reminder of the blessings that we all have regardless of our personal situations. it was inspirational at a key moment. and i just want to know what you meant by that, sir. >> well, i meant exactly what i said by it. and, you know, i've known mark weber since we served together in iraq in 2005. i kept in touch with him after that. and i have followed him with enormous admio